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“Where words leave off, music begins.”
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“Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.”
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“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged”
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“Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid”
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“Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.”
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“In dark ages people are best guided by religion, as in a pitch-black night a blind man is the best guide; he knows the roads and paths better than a man who can see. When daylight comes, however, it is foolish to use blind, old men as guides.”
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“There are more fools in the world than there are people.”
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tags: fools
“Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them.”
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“Das war ein Vorspiel nur; dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen."

(Almansor)
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“I wept in my dreams.
I dreamed you lay in the grave;
I awoke, and the tears
still poured down my cheeks.

I wept in my dreams,
I dreamed you had left me;
I awoke and I went on weeping
long and bitterly.

I wept in my dreams,
I dreamed you were still kind to me;
I awoke, and still
the flow of my tears streams on.

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“I live, which is the main point.”
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“The more i get to know people, the more i like dogs.”
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“I fell asleep reading a dull book, and I dreamed that I was reading on, so I awoke from sheer boredom. ”
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“Experience is a good school. But the fees are high”
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“All I really want is enough to live on, a little house in the country... and a tree in the garden with seven of my enemies hanging in it. ”
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“First, I thought, almost despairing,
This must crush my spirit now;
Yet I bore it, and am bearing-
Only do not ask me how.”
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“Mine is a most peaceable disposition. My wishes are: a humble cottage with a thatched roof, but a good bed, good food, the freshest milk and butter, flowers before my window, and a few fine trees before my door; and if God wants to make my happiness complete, he will grant me the joy of seeing some six or seven of my enemies hanging from those trees. Before death I shall, moved in my heart, forgive them all the wrong they did me in their lifetime. One must, it is true, forgive one's enemies-- but not before they have been hanged.”
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“God will forgive me. It's his job." Heine said this on his deathbed (1856). Hilarious. He must have thought that up years before and counted the seconds to use it.”
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“Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.”
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“The music at a wedding procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers going into battle.”
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“Every period of time is a sphinx that throws itself into the abyss as soon as its riddle has been solved.”
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“The Romans would never have found time to conquer the world if they had been obliged first to learn Latin.”
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“This was but a prelude;
where books are burnt
human-beings will be burnt
in the end”
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“The stones here speak to me, and I know their mute language. Also, they seem deeply to feel what I think. So a broken column of the old Roman times, an old tower of Lombardy, a weather-
beaten Gothic piece of a pillar understands me well. But I am a ruin myself, wandering among ruins.”
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tags: ruins
“He only profits from praise who values criticism.”
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“A pine tree standeth lonely
In the North on an upland bare;
It standeth whitely shrouded
With snow, and sleepeth there.

It dreameth of a Palm tree
Which far in the East alone,
In the mournful silence standeth
On its ridge of burning stone.”
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“I take pride in never being rude to anyone on this earth, which contains a great number of unbearable villains who set upon you to recount their sufferings and even recite their poems.”
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“Lo, sleep is good, better is death--in sooth
The best of all were never to be born.”
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“One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged.”
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“With his nightcaps and the tatters of his dressing-gown he patches up the gaps in the structure of the universe.”
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